Skip to comments.Why Apple is the Top Smartphone Maker
Posted on 06/10/2012 10:38:56 AM PDT by Swordmaker
Nielson is out with some new statistics on the iPhone, pointing out that as of March 2012 about 1 in 3 smartphone owners globally are using iPhones. Earlier this year, Nielsen reported that smartphones account for half of all new mobile phone purchases in the U.S.
Nielson also said that Apple is also a top destination on the web, with 72 million unique US visitors to their site during April 2012 and has been among the top 10 web brands overall. Visitors to Apples website spent nearly 1 hour on average during the month.
The analytical firm also said that iPhone users download 50 apps on average and that Facebook is the most used app followed closely by Maps. A third of iPhone users downloaded a paid app in the past 30 days.
Over at Business Insider, Henry Blodget argues that Apples success is due to broader distribution (adding Sprint and other carriers), having lower priced models (including the 3GS), additional distribution partners such as Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy and the fact that iPhones cost about the same as competing products.
(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...
I think it is inevitable. Maybe this week.
“Do you think that Apple will ever make Siri available for Mac OS X ? I am in love with Siri and I think she loves me too.”
Have you asked her for a date?
“Made in China” matters little once it becomes expensive.
Apple needs to start a move (away) from China.
Because they just plain work. I switched from Android to iPhone recently and have loved how smooth everything is on the iPhone. I don’t have crashes anymore and most things are very straight forward and intuitive.
I have an iPhone but I am really wanting something better. I don’t like restrictions.
I should be able to do as I please on my own phone.
So the Dell Streak and Samsung Galaxy Note are the only acceptable phones?
Trust me: little tiny boobies aren't worth the trade off. ;o)
Actually, I have. LOL
I sure hope that you’re not pulling my leg.
If is comes as an upgrade to the iMac that I already have, I’ll but it in a heartbeat.
If I have to buy a new system to get it... I’ll do without. I already own too many computers. ;>)
Apple will continue to lead the market, occasionally with a big splash but mostly by quietly producing and selling products that are, most of the time, demonstrably higher quality, more innovative, better executed, etc. than the competition's. The competition often makes good products too, of course. But Apple seems to maintain their "leg up" regardless. Isn't that what companies are supposed to try to achieve in the marketplace?
The days where Apple-haters could argue that only deluded Apple fanboys bought Apple products are long, long gone. Either that or a very large percentage of the world's population has become Apple fanboys. Meanwhile...
"...iPhones cost about the same as competing products..."Oh, no, say it isn't so!! That was the last of the Apple-haters' arguments against getting an iPhone! I guess that they'll have to fall back on the discredited lies about Chinese working conditions. Oh, wait... I see from this thread that indeed they are... It's such a shame that the haters are so unhappy with their ability to purchase whichever product they desire, in a free marketplace, and must instead trash one or another of them instead. It's a shame they are such discontented people.
When I go to buy something, I generally assess the available products and purchase the one that suits my needs best. While I may sing the praises of what I choose, I honestly can't understand the motivation to trash those I don't choose, unless I have sufficient personal experience with them to warrant the trashing.
DISCLAIMER: I don't have a dog in this fight:
I don't have an iPhone, nor any other "smartphone". I have an LG VX5500 "stupidphone" (so-called "feature phone"), which suits me just fine. I doubt I will purchase or use a smartphone any time soon, since my stupidphone does exactly what I want in a phone, no less, no more, flawlessly.
I just hate how it locks me out of certain things when I drive.
I can’t write apps for it in java without jailbreaking. I’m fine with using ObjectiveC however, I don’t want to purchase a mac or jump through hoops to code the apps.
It feels like its Apples way or the highway and I’ve never been one for authority.
I guess I should switch to android but I’m sure I’d have complaints about it as well. I really just want a phone that’s just like a PC, viruses and all. I’m not afraid of managing my own device.
I have no insider knowledge. I do know that Apple will not release it until it's ready. Whether that is this coming week or seven years from now only time will tell.
“Apple needs to start a move (away) from China.”
The USA needs to start a move away from regulations so oppressive that manufacturing is more feasable in China.
When China serves capitalism better than the USA, something is very wrong.
They are high end phones.
iPhones are not reslly high end phones.
They have good resolution on their screens, but many of their specs are sub par...which is why I responded with some of the specs I consider nonnegotiables. iPple falls so short they aren’t even on the field.
They have gon the low specs but reliable route, and they make a ton of money doing it.
“They have good resolution on their screens, but many of their specs are sub par...which is why I responded with some of the specs I consider nonnegotiables. iPple falls so short they arent even on the field.”
Apple apparently feels that the iPhone is about the right form factor for a phone, and clearly a whole lot of customers agree. If you need more screen real estate, buy an iPad, laptop or whatever. The other features you require are non-issues for the vast majority of users, and there are excellent workarounds for the “lack of removable battery” issue.
It’s rumored that the next-gen iPhone will have a longer screen, but the narrow dimension won’t change resolution.
At any rate, clearly Apple is hitting the sweet spot compared with the other manufacturers. There’s just no denying it. Its superior software and app availability is just the icing on the cake.
Not even slightly delusional.
And... When I point out that iPple’s removable storage specs and replacable battery specs are in fact such utter crap as to not have those important functions on their phones at all... iPple cultists get all huffy and insist that iPhones are still high end even with their very third world specs in very important area.
That, is delusional.
Go ahead, post how good iPples removable storage really is. Then talk about how easy it is to swap out their batteries and how much one of a given rating costs.
I posted criticism of iPhones in specific areas.
You personally did not and can not show those criticisms to be wrong in any way whatsoever.
You are a pretty typical iPple cultist (as opposed to those who like their stuff but do not try to claim the products are things they are not).
Minimum stats for a phone that is even barely accessible include a twelve megapixel camera, a speaker capable of producing at least 90 decibels, an Esperanto keyboard, and it has to be available in orange.
Hey, it's no more arbitrary than your list.
And I said, you are implying that there are only two phones (that I’m aware of at least) can be considered high end. They are the only two to meet your standards. I don’t really think either of those make for a high end phone anyway as they are features but that doesn’t mean the specs are better. A 5+ inch screen can still be crappy. Removable battery and expandable memory aren’t really better or worse in and of themselves.
It seems that Android manufacturers are making a move away from your other two features as well. Neither of the two flagship Android phones out meet your screen size requirement and the One X fails on all 3 fronts. The latest Nexus device fails on screen size and removable storage.
In any case, I don’t think you can extrapolate the requirement of any of those to the public at large. I don’t have small phones, but my GNex is the absolute max I can effectively handle one handed and with so much action at the top left of the screen that is pretty important. I still think the 4.3 inch size is about ideal. I’ve never come close to the 32GB I have of storage either. I’m using about 9GB right now. That includes some sizeable Spotify playlists downloaded.
Really, specs alone are a poor judge. Using a smartphone is a total experience question. Spec porn doesn’t alone improve the experience. My phone is now old news, but I can’t see exchanging it for anything else on the market. Definitely not for a bigger screen or expandable memory.
The bottom line is that Mr. Edd’s list of minimal specs to be considered “high-end” is nothing more or less than his personal preferences, probably hand-picked to exclude the iPhone, dressed up as if they were an objective standard. His “standards” have nothing to do with how effectively a phone performs any task, let alone with what users consider important when voting with their dollars.
He lists a removable battery as a must, but nothing about the life of that battery; screen size, but not screen resolution, brightness or saturation; removable storage, but nothing about built-in storage or access speeds; nothing at all about processor, RAM, sound quality, voice call quality, network speed, availability of apps, OS stability, or any of dozens of things far more important to the experience and usability of a device.
I test sites on many different devices for my job. I have 6 different devices from iPhones to Windows phones so we can cover as many browsers as possible. For all around stability, ease if use, case quality, and performance it’s the iPhone that’s best.
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